Conservation Area Technician: 52 week contract position at Christie Lake

f you are interested in the opportunity to be a Conservation Area Technician, note this is a contract position, please send your resume and cover letter to the attention of Nancy Watts, Director of Human Resources and Wellness, at the Woodend main office by 12 pm Friday, September 11, 2020, via email to jobs@conservationhamilton.ca. Please indicate Christie Lake CA in your email and cover letter.

Reports to:
Superintendent, Christie Lake Conservation Area

Job Summary
Christie Lake Conservation Area and other related properties are approximately 500 hectares in size.  Christie Lake Conservation Area and Spencer Gorge attracts thousands of visitors to their picnic areas, sand beach, and natural areas and waterfalls for all-season activities (swimming, hiking, fishing, cross country skiing, etc.). Christie Lake is home to the semi-annual Christie Lake Antique and Vintage show, single track mountain bike trails and 18- hole disc golf course with a strong program in place to increase third party events.

The Conservation Area Technician is responsible for maintaining and enhancing the facilities and grounds to maintain and increase the number of visitors to the Conservation Area.  The position also plays an important role in customer service, providing information and services to Christie Lake visitors and provides a level of supervision to the conservation area during evenings and weekends, handling all park issues as they arise in the absence of the Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent.  This position may be transferred to a different work location at any time to assist with projects and events and as business needs arise.

Details Job Functions and Tasks:
In cooperation with and as directed by the Superintendent and the Assistant Superintendent the Conservation Area Technician – Contract will engage in the following:

  1. Maintenance of & repairing park facilities and grounds and reporting safety concerns including:
  • Grass cutting & trail maintenance and direct casual maintenance staff on the day to day park maintenance in the absence of or with the direction from the Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent
  • safely operate all equipment and identify maintenance issues
  • Participate in daily maintenance including garbage collection & washroom cleaning
  • Identify, report and eliminate hazards if possible relating to trees, roadways
  • Basic carpentry skills, an asset
  1. Carry out various security duties at the park and making sure park patrons abide by HCA Rules and Regulations as directed by the Park Superintendent including:
  • Assess and handle any issues that arise in the absence of the Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent
  • Deal with potentially impaired and violent customers, defuse and calm any problem that arises or call the police when the situation requires it.
  1. Assist with store operations and gatehouse responsibilities in the absence of the Park Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent including:
  • Assist customers with the CAMIS reservation system
  • Assist customers while entering park including membership pass sales
  • Work in and report issues noticed gatehouse operations to supervisor
  • Complete and take cash deposits to bank as required
  • Assist with maintaining store inventory
  • Open safe for employee’s access to their float
  • Work in the store as required
  1. Water Testing and drinking water maintenance as directed by the Park Superintendent including:
  • Test and record results for drinking water
  • Record the level of the lake at the Dam
  • Refill products needed when the drinking water system requires it
  • Communicate any issues that are noticed either with the Drinking Water Systems or at the Dam with the Superintendent or Assistant Superintendent
  1. Assist with training the casual staff in accordance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, HCA policies and Safe Working Procedures including:
  • Complete training and keep up to date on all policies
  • Direct and correct staff on policies, including recommending discipline when policies are not followed
  • Work according to policies at all times to lead by example
  • Complete Safety Audits regularly
  1. Operate a variety of grounds maintenance equipment including farm tractors, loaders, mowers, chainsaws, trucks and other equipment and record keeping for that equipment including:
  • Operate all equipment in a safe manner according to HCA policies
  • Report maintenance and other issues to appropriate personnel
  • Maintain records for equipment including circle checks and gas usage
  1. Other duties as assigned.

 Qualifications:

  • Post-secondary education in the form of a college diploma and/or university degree in a related field. Example- Parks and Forestry Recreation.
  • A minimum working experience of three to five years in a related field demonstrating career growth to more responsible positions and/or tasks.
  • An understanding of conservation areas operations and development.
  • Understand customer expectations and unique qualities of conservation areas.
  • An ability to implement new best practices and programs identified by HCA and embrace change.
  • Build excellent relationships in the HCA and the community.
  • Effectively communicate both verbally and in writing and make presentations to advisory committees and annual general staff meetings if required.
  • Good working knowledge and demonstrated willingness of the use of all equipment used in the conservation areas.
  • Must enjoy working outdoors in all types of weather, engage in sustained periods of walking and be able to lift up to 60 pounds
  • Good working knowledge of MS software including “EXCEL” and “WORD”.
  • Capability to be a certified chain saw and small drinking water systems operator.
  • Current Basic First Aid certificate or willingness to obtain first aid certificate.
  • Capability to become certified member of the Joint Health & Safety Committee.
  • Possess a valid Ontario Class-G driver’s license.

Working Conditions:
The work location will be at Christie Lake Conservation Area, 1000 Hwy #5 West, Dundas, ON and at Spencer Gorge.  Working hours will generally fall be between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. based on a 40-hour workweek with the requirement of regular evenings and weekend shifts during the year as required. During events it will be expected that hours will vary to assist with all aspects of set up, day of, and tear down activities and can be later or early than normal working hours. The Conservation Area Technician contract position may be needed to work overtime with little to no notice for operational issues that occur during their regularly scheduled shift.

Salary Range:

This is a contract, full-year position (52 weeks per year, however a seasonal layoff of up to 14 weeks is possible in any given year) with a 2020 salary scale of H3 which starts at $22.84 per hour.

We wish to thank all applicants for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Accessibility accommodations ae available for all parts of the recruitment process; applicants are asked to inform Human Resources for any disability required accommodations in advance

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